Recently, I traded my G42 that I had written about because I missed having the firepower that 9mm offers and upped it to the G43. I still needed the small size and conceal-ability, but more bang. The only downside to this was that I also traded in the incredible Nickydex Holster that I loved, but I will be replacing it soon.
In the meantime, I wanted to try something that would be more versatile with all the wardrobe options we females have to deal with. I do public presentations, workout, and do physical labor, so my clothing changes from business, athletic, to jeans and sometimes all in one day.
I decided to go with a belly band type holster and found one that was reasonably prices called FancyPants Holsters.
The reviews were great, the material looked durable, a Kydex trigger guard is available, and the owner was willing to adjust the style to fit my needs. I am all about versatility, so asked if I could have a holster that was able to carry appendix as well as in the 4 or 5 o’clock position. She assured me she could make my order to fit that request. I choose the athletic back (as opposed to standard) and placed the order.
A few weeks later, my holster arrived. The material was durable and strong, and my G43 fit well in each side of the holster in each position. The safety strap was easy to undo quickly and held my firearm securely. I practiced my draws out of each position and found it satisfactory.
While at first my fingers stumbled over the strap slightly, I knew that with practice it would become second nature as with anything else.
I wore the new holster for several days and was pretty pleased with the conceal-ability in the appendix position. I struggled to still conceal in the 4 or 5 o’clock position, but this probably has more to do with my small frame than any fault of the holster. The holster seems to stay in place fairly well, and sitting is not uncomfortable.
The only downside I have found to the holster, is that after a couple days wear, it seems to lose it’s shape. The top of the holster gets loose and no longer holds the slide tight to my abdomen.
The holster still securely holds the firearm, but the holster is no longer tight against my body. If you’re wearing a looser shirt, this isn’t an issue as far as conceal-ability; however, could represent an issue when you need fast access to the firearm when drawing. This may be another body-type issue, but I would like to find a solution.
I emailed the maker to inquire as to whether or not the standard back would remedy this issue. I would be willing to send it back to have it replaced if so. I like the holster overall, and am fine tweaking a few things to find the best way to utilize its design. I feel it is a good product for the price and worth the effort, especially when finding a holster that fits me is so difficult.
Comfort: * * * *
Comfortable in any position, whether sitting or standing.
Concealability: * * *
Initially it concealed well. After the fabric lost some shape, it was more difficult to conceal in most of my clothing unless it’s more loose. I have contacted the maker in hopes that there is someway to remedy this, perhaps with the changing of the back piece.
Price: * * * * *
Very reasonable for someone on a budget.
Value: * * * *
Quality is very good especially at that price.
Retention: * * *
It holds the holster very well no matter what. However, retaining shape on your body is not quite as solid.
Draw: * * * *
Drawing is slightly slower with the safety strap, but as with anything, can be remedied with practice.
Overall: * * * *
Currently I’m going to put this at a 4. I love everything about the holster, just am hoping I can reach a solution about fixing the way it holds shape. If I do, I will be changing my overall rating,